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Pikester
12-22-2008, 02:15 PM
Hello Universal fans!

My name is Pikester and I'm trying to gather information about Universal Studios/Island of Adventure, the on site hotels and vacation packages. DH, Me, DS11 and DS7 have been to WDW twice and have decided to venture away from the Mouse for a new experience. Our trip wouldn't be till 2010 or 2011 but I figure it never hurts to start planning. :goodvibes I, for some reason, am having a hard time finding the right information or am having a hard to understanding it.

Can anyone recommend a good book(s) to read that would help or point me to some websites that could help me?

I really hate asking for help when I'm sure the answers are right here. I just seem to be having a hard time sorting it out.

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damo
12-22-2008, 02:46 PM
You have found the best place for all of your answers!!! I would start by reading this http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1353733 and then just start firing questions at us. We would be very glad to help you out!!!

There is also a Universal Hotels sections too.
http://www.disboards.com/forumdisplay.php?f=75

Metro West
12-22-2008, 03:12 PM
Check out the links Damo provided and check back if you have any specific questions. We are here to help! :teeth:

macraven
12-22-2008, 05:27 PM
don't forget to read the stickies for both forums.:goodvibes

Pikester
12-22-2008, 05:42 PM
Thank you so much for responding! I guess I'll have to make myself a cup of hot tea and dive in.

donaldduck352
12-22-2008, 05:42 PM
Welcome Pikester.Like the OP's said you have found the right place to ask questions.Just do the reading they refered and come back with any questions,we can answer:thumbsup2

macraven
12-22-2008, 06:00 PM
you usually come out ahead financially if you buy the park tickets and book the room separately.

you can still buy the promo passes of 7 days both parks now.
it is at a cheap price, cheaper than if you bought tickets for 2 days.

if you buy those ticket passes now, they are valid for the future.

once you use them, they expire 6 days later.

with the parry hotter portion opening next year, who knows if ticket prices will increase or stay the same.

Pikester
12-22-2008, 06:58 PM
You have found the best place for all of your answers!!! I would start by reading this http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1353733 and then just start firing questions at us. We would be very glad to help you out!!!

There is also a Universal Hotels sections too.
http://www.disboards.com/forumdisplay.php?f=75

Thank you damo for the links. Just finished reading the first one you mentioned. I felt a little bad after reading everyone's wish that the newbies would do more research before they posted a question (Since I'm a newbie). I'm still glad I did because for some reason I missed that link and it had some good info in the first post.

Check out the links Damo provided and check back if you have any specific questions. We are here to help! :teeth:

Nice to meet you Metro West!

Welcome Pikester.Like the OP's said you have found the right place to ask questions.Just do the reading they refered and come back with any questions,we can answer:thumbsup2

Thank you for the welcome donaldduck352!

you usually come out ahead financially if you buy the park tickets and book the room separately.

you can still buy the promo passes of 7 days both parks now.
it is at a cheap price, cheaper than if you bought tickets for 2 days.

if you buy those ticket passes now, they are valid for the future.

once you use them, they expire 6 days later.

with the parry hotter portion opening next year, who knows if ticket prices will increase or stay the same.

Thank you for the advice macraven. I will pass along the info to DH. He is the money man! :laughing: One of the reason's we are waiting to go (besides saving the funds) is to see Harry Potter Land. We are big fans!

macraven
12-22-2008, 07:41 PM
you might get some posters to name a few of the books out there that some newbies buy before their UO trip.

i have read them and have not found anything i already didn't know.
in some books, there are errors in them.

you might want to subscribe to the thread about parry hotter in the main universal forum. you'll be able to stay ahead of what's happening there before you even get there.

once you are closer to your vacation, we can give you loads of tips and info on the parks.

do go to the website: universalorlando.com and check out the interactive map for both parks.
it will give information that you will find interesting.

the menus for the food places can be found on allears.net

the information for city walk is also on a website.

they have great dining, shops and outdoor entertainment on the weekends.

RAPstar
12-22-2008, 09:13 PM
I think the best book is the Universal guide by Kelly Monaghan, it helped me a lot my trip this past Sept. You can get it on Amazon.

racetrack18kb
12-23-2008, 12:28 PM
HI Pikester!!!! :wave2: You beat me here. :rotfl:

I'll be following along here since we are in the same boat.

Metro West
12-23-2008, 12:37 PM
Nice to meet you Metro West! It's a pleasure and let us know what we can help you with. :teeth:

Pikester
12-23-2008, 06:27 PM
HI Pikester!!!! :wave2: You beat me here. :rotfl:

I'll be following along here since we are in the same boat.

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racetrack18kb
01-01-2009, 09:13 PM
Just bumping up this thread to ask a question. I already checked with the OP (I know her from somewhere else :goodvibes ) and she said it's cool if I jump into the thread she started.

I'm also planning my family's first vacation to Universal. We've gone to Disney for the last 3 years and truthfully, we need a change.

I've read through a lot of the threads on here and found tons of great information. I do have a question on the child swap at Universal. We have 2 younger girls who definitely won't be able to ride the thrill rides.

Could someone tell me how the child swap at Universal works? Is it the same as Disney where they give you a pass and so many people can return with you to ride?

Any info would be much appreciated.

SharkyGoddess
01-01-2009, 09:45 PM
you usually come out ahead financially if you buy the park tickets and book the room separately.

you can still buy the promo passes of 7 days both parks now.
it is at a cheap price, cheaper than if you bought tickets for 2 days.

if you buy those ticket passes now, they are valid for the future.

once you use them, they expire 6 days later.

with the parry hotter portion opening next year, who knows if ticket prices will increase or stay the same.

Could you tell me where to find information on the promo passes please? I looked, and haven't seen them mentioned yet.

TIA :)

macraven
01-01-2009, 09:56 PM
Just bumping up this thread to ask a question. I already checked with the OP (I know her from somewhere else :goodvibes ) and she said it's cool if I jump into the thread she started.

I'm also planning my family's first vacation to Universal. We've gone to Disney for the last 3 years and truthfully, we need a change.

I've read through a lot of the threads on here and found tons of great information. I do have a question on the child swap at Universal. We have 2 younger girls who definitely won't be able to ride the thrill rides.

Could someone tell me how the child swap at Universal works? Is it the same as Disney where they give you a pass and so many people can return with you to ride?

Any info would be much appreciated.

when you do the child swap, one caretaker will stay in the child swap room area with the child. some have couches and chairs and are comfy.
the child swap at dueling dragons is the only one i am aware of that is on the small side.

everyone but the person that is taking care of the child, will go on the ride first.

when that group returns, switch the caretakers and everyone can ride again.

yes, the group that rode the first time gets to ride again on the child swap set up.
2 rides for some in your group always goes over grand.

it is not the same as disney as everyone in your group can ride twice.
all you are doing is switching the adult that is taking care of the littles that can not go on the ride.
also, most child swap areas have it in a separate room
cat in the hat has a great one, so does MIB.

macraven
01-01-2009, 10:11 PM
Just bumping up this thread to ask a question. I already checked with the OP (I know her from somewhere else :goodvibes ) and she said it's cool if I jump into the thread she started.



Any info would be much appreciated.

don't be shy. any questions posted usually get answered in the threads.
in fact, many times the subject will change along the way.
it was nice the op didn't mind you getting information in her thread.
if you don't get many replies, start a new thread for more answers.
since the title of her thread might not cover what you need to know, it might be overlooked by those reading and not realizing there are other questions in the thread.
i answered your child swap question before this post.


Could you tell me where to find information on the promo passes please? I looked, and haven't seen them mentioned yet.

TIA :)


for tickets:
http://www.universalorlando.com/tickets.html

hot deals including hotel:
http://www.universalorlando.com/tickets/hot-deals.html

click on the first link and go to the box on the right side upper corner that states 2 park unlimited for $94.99
that is the 7 day unlimited 2 park pass.

it is listed in detail below:



2-PARK UNLIMITED ADMISSION

Unlimited park-to-park admission to both Universal Studios Florida AND Universalís Islands of Adventure theme parks for up to seven (7) consecutive days
FREE admission to select live entertainment venues* at Universalís CityWalk entertainment complex.
This offer is only available online and is not available at the front gate or either theme park.
Ticket expires six (6) days after first day of use at either theme park or Citywalk.
Photo ID must be presented at front gate turnstile and Citywalk.
Signature may be required on ticket.
Limit of six (6) tickets per purchase.
Parking not included.
Ticket does not include admission to Wet 'n Wild.


PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING:
2 Day Advance Purchase Required - This ticket must be purchased at least 2 days in advance of your visit to Universal Orlando Theme Parks.


*Ticket(s) valid for admission to select Universal CityWalk Orlando clubs and venues for 7 consecutive nights including first day any portion of the ticket is used. Not valid for separately ticketed concerts, shows, and special events. Does not include admission to Universal Cineplex 20, an AMC Theatre or the Blue Man Group Show. Subject to availability. Some venues require ages 21 or older for admission. Valid Photo ID required. Restrictions apply. Benefits are subject to change without notice.

Planogirl
01-01-2009, 11:47 PM
I think the best book is the Universal guide by Kelly Monaghan, it helped me a lot my trip this past Sept. You can get it on Amazon.
I want to second this. This book gave me a good idea of what to expect and where everything was before our first trip. :thumbsup2

Pikester
03-28-2009, 07:25 PM
I want to thank everyone for their advice. I bought the book and it is great!:thumbsup2 Unfortunately, our plans to go to Universal in 2010 have been moved to 2011 because DH surprised me with a Nov/Dec 2009 WDW trip!:woohoo:All my Universal research has been put on the back burner. I just didn't want you to think that I lost my desire for Universal.

Have a good night!

pixeegrl
03-29-2009, 07:14 AM
Well, at least the crowd level will have simmered down by then...maybe...but then again it is Harry Potter! WooHoo! We are going back same time as you...possibly 2010 or 2011...first time was Christmas last year, you will have a great time for sure!

MrsSparrow..
03-29-2009, 08:30 AM
I think the best book is the Universal guide by Kelly Monaghan, it helped me a lot my trip this past Sept. You can get it on Amazon.

I totally agree. I'm a universal fanatic, and I only read this because I try to read anything and everything about Universal. It truly is the best Universal guide book out there.

Another great guidebook is The Unofficial Guide: Beyond Disney and gives great information on the attractions at Universal and the other theme parks in Florida.

Not sure if anyone else has suggested, but www.ioacentral.com is another great website for information about attractions and has a forum for you to post questions that many Universal freaks, including myself, will be happy to answer :)
The same goes for this board too, everyone is very helpful.

Happy planning!

Pikester
10-10-2010, 02:51 PM
Hello my Universal crazy friends!

I am happy to say that it's almost official; we are in the planning stages of a Universal trip for Feb 2011! :woohoo: I've decided that staying at the Royal Pacific Resort would be best for us and we will be staying there for 5 nights from 2/28-3/5. We purchased our tickets last year when they were $99 so that is all done.

I said earlier that it's almost official because I haven't booked the room yet. I'm waiting for DH to give me the go ahead.

We'll also be in the Orlando area starting on 2/26 and will need a hotel for the 26th and the 27th before we check into the RPR on the 28th. I've been looking at all the budget type hotels in the area and I found an Econo lodge on International Drive. Anyone heard anything good or bad about it?

Oh and I bought the 2011 Universal Orlando Guide by Seth Kubersky with Kelly Monaghan which is AWESOME! Has all the Harry Potter info in it.

So looking forward to this trip!

nerdboyrockstar
10-11-2010, 09:36 AM
Wow, a Universal trip years in the making! :laughing: I usually just Hotwire rooms in the Universal area for the best price. Anything about 3* is good, and you could also figure out what you're buying beforehand using betterbidding.com.

Also, use TripAdvisor as a resource.

Good luck!

Pikester
10-11-2010, 10:26 AM
Wow, a Universal trip years in the making! :laughing: I usually just Hotwire rooms in the Universal area for the best price. Anything about 3* is good, and you could also figure out what you're buying beforehand using betterbidding.com.

Also, use TripAdvisor as a resource.

Good luck!

Wow is right! I didn't realize I had posted back in Dec 2008. :laughing:

I ended up going with the Econo Lodge. I was looking up info about it and said something to DH who said "Well, why don't you book it then." I was like :eek:. I wasn't about to let any grass grow under my feet so I booked away. While I was doing that he said, "Go ahead and look into the cancellation policy of the Royal Pacific and then you can book that tomorrow." Guess what I was doing this morning? We are now booked at the RPR for 5 nights, Feb 28th through Mar 5th. :woohoo:

dgr1973
10-11-2010, 10:35 AM
Wow that is great!! We are also going to Universal for the first time in a few weeks and we are sooooo excited!!:yay::yay::yay::yay:

Pikester
10-11-2010, 10:55 AM
Now I'm scared.

I've been reading reviews about the Econo lodge that I booked. Half of them say DO NOT STAY THERE! Bugs, nasty carpets, sticky rooms, gross! The other half say it's the best! Good location, great rooms, clean, friendly staff and to not listen to those giving it bad reviews.

How can everyone's experiences be that different? :confused3

Pikester
10-11-2010, 10:57 AM
Wow that is great!! We are also going to Universal for the first time in a few weeks and we are sooooo excited!!:yay::yay::yay::yay:

Have a good trip, take lots of pictures and come back and tell me all about it! :goodvibes

pixeegrl
10-11-2010, 12:58 PM
Wow is right! I didn't realize I had posted back in Dec 2008. :laughing:

I ended up going with the Econo Lodge. I was looking up info about it and said something to DH who said "Well, why don't you book it then." I was like :eek:. I wasn't about to let any grass grow under my feet so I booked away. While I was doing that he said, "Go ahead and look into the cancellation policy of the Royal Pacific and then you can book that tomorrow." Guess what I was doing this morning? We are now booked at the RPR for 5 nights, Feb 28th through Mar 5th. :woohoo:

I don't know what rate you were given but when we went I rechecked the rate probably once a week and found that it dropped a couple of times for us. You are going at a time when it shouldn't be busy so you may already have the lowest rate however....it doesn't cost anything to change so I would check every once in a while. If you find it lowers then just call and have it changed :D Our trip has been put on hold until our youngest reaches 54" lol. He is such a coaster fan I want to wait and go back when he can enjoy it all. Hope he grows fast! (5 inches to go :scared1:) Enjoy your trip you are going to have so much fun!!!! Especially staying onsite you will be so spoiled!!!!

dgr1973
10-11-2010, 03:37 PM
Have a good trip, take lots of pictures and come back and tell me all about it! :goodvibes

Thanks, I most definately will!:thumbsup2

Pikester
10-11-2010, 03:50 PM
I don't know what rate you were given but when we went I rechecked the rate probably once a week and found that it dropped a couple of times for us. You are going at a time when it shouldn't be busy so you may already have the lowest rate however....it doesn't cost anything to change so I would check every once in a while. If you find it lowers then just call and have it changed :D Our trip has been put on hold until our youngest reaches 54" lol. He is such a coaster fan I want to wait and go back when he can enjoy it all. Hope he grows fast! (5 inches to go :scared1:) Enjoy your trip you are going to have so much fun!!!! Especially staying onsite you will be so spoiled!!!!

The rate we got for the RPR is the Stay More, Save More rate of $223.20 for the first 4 nights and then it's $239.20 for the 5th night which is on a Friday. I asked about the AAA rate but was told it was more per night then the SM,SM rate. I will keep checking though just in case.

mickeymotto
10-11-2010, 04:51 PM
No better day to resurrect a thread than on World Zombie Day!!!:lmao:

http://www.theitsaliveshow.com/zombiefest2008/wzd.htm

Good luck planning. We are just starting to plan our 2011 trip also!:thumbsup2

pixeegrl
10-11-2010, 06:21 PM
The rate we got for the RPR is the Stay More, Save More rate of $223.20 for the first 4 nights and then it's $239.20 for the 5th night which is on a Friday. I asked about the AAA rate but was told it was more per night then the SM,SM rate. I will keep checking though just in case.
ours went down even more than that the week before Christmas so definitely keep checking!